Annual Service Events
Common Good Day
Instituted to exemplify former President McKeen's vision for a college that served the common good, Common Good Day has become a yearly tradition at Bowdoin College, fostering collaboration among members of the Bowdoin community, nonprofit agencies, and municipal organizations in the greater Brunswick area. Created in 1999, each year over 500 students, faculty, staff, Bowdoin friends, and alumni volunteer for projects such as gardening, trail maintenance, visiting local retirement homes, painting, yard work, and spending time with kids from the community.
For more information, contact Andrew Lardie.
Sponsor a Family
Sponsor a Family is organized annually by the Salvation Army and is available to any low-income family in need of assistance in purchasing gifts for their children and providing a holiday dinner. The Salvation Army looks to members of the community to sponsor a family and make their holiday season a bit brighter. On average, Bowdoin College adopts 30 or more families, which range in size from 2-9 members. Athletic teams, college houses, academic departments, and college offices are all encouraged to participate in the program. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, but they welcome all low-income families seeking holiday assistance to join the program, regardless of religion.
For more information contact Shawn Gerwig.
Organized by a student-run organization on campus, this event partners with the Children's Miracle Network to raise money for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in Portland. In its inaugural year, Dance Marathon engaged dozens of student groups and individuals to raise more than $15,000.
For more information contact Andrew Lardie.
Eco-Service Day kicks off the college's annual Earth Week. Organized by Sustainable Bowdoin, Eco-Service Day provides a wide variety of outdoor service options each spring for students ready to get outdoors. Projects include gardening, trail building and maintenance, beach clean-up, and environmental education.
For more information contact Keisha Payson.